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More time to have your say on weeds management

Local Land Services is extending the public consultation period for its draft weeds management plans until 29 March.

Greater Sydney Biosecurity Manager Graham Wilson said the 11 regional plans are designed to guide resource allocation and investment in each region to provide a consistent basis for regional planning and delivery.

“We’ve extended the consultation period because we want the widest range of feedback possible,” Mr Wilson said.

“The consultation period is an opportunity for stakeholders, organisations and interested community members to provide feedback on the management of weeds in their region and across the State.

“The cost of weeds to the agriculture industry in NSW is significant and we know the community wants greater coordination between government and landholders.”

Regional Weeds Committees have been established under the Local Land Services Act 2013 and are in operation around the State. Membership includes representatives from major stakeholder groups.

The Biosecurity Act 2015 adopts the concept of a general biosecurity duty. It means that anyone who is aware of a potential risk should take all reasonable and practical measures to minimise or eliminate that risk. The draft Regional Strategic Weeds Management Plans are a direct response to this legislative reform.

The primary outcome of the weed reform process will be the integration of weed management efforts across the State. For the first time in NSW, there will be a set of agreed priorities and actions which apply across both public and private land. Increased collaboration in the management of weeds will improve biosecurity outcomes and increase agricultural productivity.

Copies of the regional plans, factsheets, frequently asked questions, and feedback forms are available on the Local Land Services Open website.

Media Contact: Nikki McGrath ph: 4724 2138